One rarely sees thinkers enjoying themselves much in gambling, which interrupts the habit of thinking or turns it to arid combinations of elements. Thus one of the good things, and perhaps the only one. which the taste for the sciences has produced is to deaden this sordid passion a bit; people would rather exert themselves to prove the utility of gambling than to indulge in it. I would combat gambling among gamblers, and I would get more pleasure out of ridiculing them when they lose than out of winning their money.[On voit rarement les penseurs se plaire beaucoup au jeu, qui suspend cette habitude, ou la tourne sur d’arides combinaisons; aussi l’un des biens, et peut-être le seul qu’ait produit le goût des sciences, est d’amortir un peu cette passion sordide; on aimera mieux s’exercer à prouver l’utilité du jeu que de s’y livrer. Moi, je le combattrois parmi les joueurs, et j’aurois plus de plaisir à me moquer d’eux en lès voyant perdre, qu’à leur gagner leur argent.]
It is always a vulgar and often an unhealthy pastime, and it is a vice which does not go alone; the man who gambles will find himself capable of any evil.
Gambling is about luck, but betting isn’t. Betting is about two things: psychology and information. The smartest person wins.
Everybody knows that England is the world of betting men, who are of a higher class than mere gamblers: to bet is in the English temperament.
A murderer is always a gambler. And, like many gamblers, a murderer often does not know when to stop. With each crime his opinion of his own abilities is strengthened. His sense of proportion is warped.